Southside to eye old school buildings

September 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — With its new elementary now open, Southside School District will now consider the future of some of its old elementary buildings. On Monday the board agreed to hold a special business meeting at noon Sept. 25 in Superintendent Roger Rich’s office to approve the school’s 2009-10 budget. Rich and the board will then tour and discuss what elementary buildings the district should keep and how they can be used. The meeting will be open to the public.

Man wanted on burglary/theft charges turns self in

September 18, 2009 Wanted on charges of residential burglary and theft of property, both felony charges, a 41-year-old Batesville man turned himself in to authorities Monday night.The charges against John Delgratta stemmed from an Aug. 26 visit to his home by his parole/probation officer Becky Clark after she reportedly got word that Delgratta was in possession of items that had been stolen six days earlier from the Melissa Fike residence on Red Thomas Road.

Words & Afterwords offers books & much more

September 18, 2009 HARDY — Hardy’s Words & Afterwords manages to combine bookstore, art gallery, coffee house, restaurant and live music venue into an eclectic gathering place and eatery with a casual, welcoming environment. Located in the heart of Old Hardy Town at 201 Spring St., Words & Afterwords opened in 2006. The bookstore is located in the Old Walker House, a circa 1900 home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the house has been preserved, including the wood burning fireplace.

870 area code addition eyed

September 18, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — The days are numbered for continued expansion within the 870 area code.Arkansas’ Public Service Commission is conducting hearings on whether to add a separate area code in much of Arkansas or let a new area code “overlay” the region. If an overlay is picked, all calls would require 10-digit dialing but everyone gets to keep their current phone number.CenturyTel says it backs the overlay so companies don’t have to order new stationery.

Michael Holt, Bryon Bristol win tournament

September 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — Michael Holt and Bryon Bristol weighed in five fish totaling 12.45 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said. They also weighed in the biggest bass of the tournament, a 2.65-pounder.Twenty-five anglers competed, in 13 boats.Roger Brown and David Diemer placed second with four bass weighing 5.6 pounds. Keith Lawrence and Danny Mathews came in third with 4.65 pounds.The Crown Lake tournament ended the regular season.

Columnist offers 10 tips for getting great tasting meat from elk, deer

September 18, 2009 MISSOULA, Mont. — Hunting season is well under way. You finally tag an elk or deer but now the local butcher is swamped, forcing you into a crash course in processing your own meat. Fear not, says the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which offers the following tips and a diagram on its Web site to guide you.

Mount Pleasant Class of 1959 plan reunions

September 18, 2009 THE MOUNT PLEASANT CLASS OF 1959 is hosting its 50-year reunion and the Annual Mount Pleasant All-School Reunion Sept. 25-26 in the Mount Pleasant School cafeteria. The Sept. 25 event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. Entertainment will be provided. On Sept. 26, registration  will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. For more information call Lena Byler at (870) 346-5315 or Vida Tate at (870) 291-2313.

WMA bridge to be closed temporarily

September 18, 2009 HUMPHREY — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be making repairs to the vehicular bridge at the Harold Ives Temple Island parking area on the Bayou Wildlife Management Area beginning next week, spokesman Keith Stephens said.“The repairs are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete,” he said.“During this time, vehicles will not be allowed into the Harold Ives Temple parking area. Hunters and other user groups may only access this area by foot and are encouraged to use caution in the immediate vicinity of this bridge.”

Folk Center to host Old Tractor Show

September 18, 2009 Mountain View — The rusty mix of gears, wheels, boxes, rods and pipes next to the Outdoor Music Pavilion at the Ozark Folk Center State Park draws attention and starts many conversations.“What is it?” “A hay baler, maybe?” “How did it work?” “Did horses pull it?”

Interlocal meeting slated

September 18, 2009 The Newark interlocal law enforcement committee will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence County Sheriff’s Office in Batesville.